The Pearl Foreshadowing Analysis

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Foreshadowing was a major point in The Pearl. John Steinbeck wrote his book in a way of warning you that something is going to happen later in the book, but it is almost too subtle to figure out that he is foreshadowing. There are many ways John Steinbeck foreshadowed in this book for example: his son’s name, finding the pearl, and Juana being suspicious about the pearl. Kino’s name is Coyotito. If you were to look up what Coyotito means you would find that it translates to Little Coyote. Ironically enough the tracker who shoots Coyotito because he believed that Coyotito was a baby coyote crying, although he was actually just crying in the cave he and his mother were hiding in while Kino was trying to get the group of trackers away. When…show more content…
When Kino heard about the pearl, it was called “the pearl that might be” meaning that the pearl could exist, but it is not one hundred percent positive that it actually existed. Kino knew that if he found that pearl that he could pay for his son to be healed. Stories from the natives proved it was a folktale, or just a legend. Juana even prayed for him to find the pearl. The next time that Kino went to search for pearls he found “the pearl that might be” in a large clam shell. Steinbeck used foreshadowing to show how Juana after praying that her husband would find the pearl took back her prayers because she did not trust the pearl and what it would…show more content…
Juana believed that the pearl had evil spirit to it and that it had bad luck. Once all of the villagers knew that Kino found the pearl they became obsessed with trying to get it. Juana feared that the pearl will ruin their son and her family, but Kino pushes her fear aside not caring since he was going to be rich. Throughout the story Kino’s greed became too much for Juana after her family had been attacked and Kino beaten so badly that he was knocked unconscious. Juana tried to take the problem into her own hands and get rid of the pearl, but Kino was so set on being rich he wouldn’t let her and hit Juana until she was knocked unconscious. People thirsty for the pearl had burned Juana and Kino’s hut leaving them with nothing, but the pearl, Coyotito and themselves. Kino had a brother, Juan Tomás, that allowed them to hide out in his hut, until they were ready to leave and go live somewhere they could be safe. On the way to their safe place, trackers who are looking for the pearl and Kino are following them. Kino decides that he needs to divert the trackers away from his wife and son so he takes off running another direction away from his family. While Juana and a crying Coyotito are hiding in a cave, one of the trackers hear his cries believing that he is a baby coyote. The tracker shoots at the cave,
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